Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:31 pm

One reason among many why Mitch McConnell is probably going to hell


Today he did this:

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered on the Senate floor to extend unemployment benefits if the Obamacare individual mandate was delayed for a year. He claimed that they would “pay” for the unemployment benefits extension by killing Obamacare. The problem is that the ACA doesn’t add anything to the deficit.

In October when the CBO rescored the ACA, they found, “Those amounts do not reflect the total budgetary impact of the ACA. That legislation includes many other provisions that, on net, will reduce budget deficits. Taking the coverage provisions and other provisions together, CBO and JCT have estimated that the ACA will reduce deficits over the next 10 years and in the subsequent decade.”

McConnell was trying to eliminate something that reduces the deficit in order to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits. This is how delusional Republicans are about the ACA. They have invented their own reality on healthcare, and this includes their own version of a fiscal impact on the law that doesn’t exist.

People are losing homes and more because of long-term unemployment, and all Mitchell can do is play politics: He wants to kill a program that doesn’t add to the deficit in order to pay for some very basic help for people still out of work because (surprise!) there are still about three unemployed people for every available job.

(And where in the pluperfect hell was he when we needed to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and borrowed every dime of those trillions instead? Did he go along with a tax increase then? Hell,  no. And so we marched off and fought two wars for the first time in U.S. history without raising taxes to help pay for it.)

This is the behavior of a sociopath, and a delusional one at that. When you create your own reality, when you successfully sell yourself a line of bullshit, the result may include nontrivial numbers of homeless, hungry, or even dead people. And anyone who willfully and intentionally engaged in that behavior, knowing what its consequences will be (and that children will be, disproportionately, among the victims), deserves to go to hell.

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3 Comments »

  1. There’s reason to believe that the ACA will reduce health costs and the federal deficit by somewhat more than the CBO scoring suggests. The ACA includes provisions that will induce a little cost control and reduced utilization, some of it via changing the structure of provider and insurer incentives. But the CBO has always been reluctant to build behavioral assumptions into their forecasts. So the CBO scoring ignores some cost reductions that economists believe will happen under the ACA. All this is to say that McConnell & Co. are more deluded than you let on here.

    Comment by Andrew Brod — Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:19 pm @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  2. Why am I not surprised?

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:31 pm @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  3. Dear Greensboro’s Andrew Brod, On the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Obamacare) and Deficit Projections, of which Dr. Brod was Incorrect

    http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/06/dear-greensboros-andrew-brod-on.html

    Comment by hartzman — Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:52 pm @ 12:52 pm | Reply


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